FitSkills: an evidence-based physical activity program

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DSV FitSkills: workout and have fun!

Trying to get to the gym but finding it too hard?

Do you need a partner to help you go to the gym?

We would love you to join our NDIS FitSkills program.

FitSkills is an evidence-based physical activity program designed for individuals with Down syndrome. Each participant is paired with a dedicated volunteer FitSkills Partner for motivation and support. Weekly facilitated 1-hour workouts at the gym are followed by social meals, fostering community. The program, tailored by a physiotherapist, includes personalised, easy-to-read exercise programs with regular check-ins. FitSkills aims to enhance fitness and well-being through a supportive and inclusive approach.

The program runs to school terms, and does not run during school holiday periods.

FitSkills is being offered by DSV as an NDIS service.

FitSkills is expanding its locations, read on for more details.

What to expect:

  • Weekly gym sessions
  • Physiotherapist prescribed, individualised and goals-based exercise program
  • A supportive and engaging environment
  • Help getting motivated to go to the gym
  • Facilitated sessions, ensuring a seamless experience
  • To become a part of the gym community
  • Group meals afterwards for friendship and fun

There are significant benefits to everyone involved in the FitSkills program, such as:

  • Increased physical fitness
  • Improved mental health
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Increased community inclusion
  • Enhanced wellbeing

FitSkills is currently operating at:

  • Coburg Leisure Centre | Mondays, 5.30pm. Includes workout and dinner
  • Melbourne City Baths | Wednesdays, 12pm. Includes workout and lunch
  • Brunswick Baths | Thursdays, 5.30pm. Includes workout and dinner.

FitSkills is expanding!

FitSkills is launching in Term 3 2024 in Bendigo! We are also looking for feedback from interested participants regarding locations for future FitSkills groups. To assist us in planning for future FitSkills groups and locations, please complete the following survey.

FitSkills survey 2024

For more information please contact or call Nicole Bryson on 0423 235 919.

How can you get involved?

FitSkills for adults with Down syndrome

FitSkills for volunteers

FitSkills for gyms

FitSkills is supported by Access for All Abilities, an initiative of the Victorian Government.